venerdì 28 ottobre 2016

The Importance of Not Being Arcovazzi

Arcovazzi claims to have bought both a kitchen and a washing machine at the cost of a coffee cup, and I should not think that he might have stolen it from the house of someone of us. As a gentleman would say: O Captain! My Captain! The port was near, but the bells you did not hear... I feel it is better to speak of dance, do you? So let’s not waste other time, he better does not move from home: someone could steal something valuable. But all others are welcome to join the afternoon and evening dance classes of Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”!

giovedì 27 ottobre 2016

Sugar Land

Erbil, Iraq: A man prepares sweet pastries in a shop. As the offensive by Iraqi and Kurdish forces to drive Isis out of Mosul continues and despite a recent Isis attack on nearby Kirkuk, life in Erbil, the de facto capital of Iraq’s northern Kurdish region, has carried on peacefully. Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images.

It’s like being in the autumn on the trees the leaves

Visso, Italy: A view of the inside of the Church of Saint Anthony after a 5.9-magnitute earthquake destroyed parts of the town. Photo: Alessandra Tarantino/AP.

靈魂餐廳 (Soul Kitchen)

And today in the early afternoon, the tireless 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá), together with her diving teammates 何姿 (Hé Zī) and 秦凯 (Qín Kǎi), took part in the’s forum devoted specifically to the 京东 (Jīngdōng) intelligent smart kitchen, sharing with the audience their own views and experiences. All photos:


So Diving Queen 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) lost the friendly golf match play against equestrian sportsman 华天 (Huá Tiān). “Did you guess it?”, she writes on her 新浪微博 (Wēibó) account, “My HSBC Champions challenger was the handsome Cavalry 华天 (Alex Huá Tiān)! Thanks to coach 吴阿顺 (Wú Āshùn) for his patient guidance. My first experience with golf wasn’t actually so bad. Did we learn something? Just take a look at the video and you’ll see”.

Think Pink

“Think Pink” ™ © Mado Flynn

Handmade in Italy by Mado Flynn

Caffeine Blues

Birthday Cake

Organizers of the 12th golf supertournament WGC-HSBC Champions’s opening ceremony, held at 上海喜玛拉雅美术馆 (Shànghăi Himalayas Art Museum) in 上海 (Shànghăi) on October 25, 2016, China, did not forget to celebrate a very special birthday: 华天 (Huá Tiān)’s birthday! And his one-time teammate, Diving Queen 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá), brought him a specially decorated birthday cake.

Equestrian sportsman 华天 (Huá Tiān)’s born on October 25, 1989 in London, England to a Chinese father and a British mother. He renounced his British citizenship and joined Chinese nationality to compete for China in 2006. Photo:


It’s Thursday. I won’t say R.I.P. Schiaparelli just because he still lives inside me. How about you? Did you sleep well? Or when you woke up did you find out that Arcovazzi ate your breakfast too? Well, don’t think about it too much. It’s sad when the day is doomed before it even starts, so you should look for a compensation at evening, such as, for instance, flying on the Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”’s dance seabed!

“Sweet Mambo”, choreographed and directed by Pina Bausch, was first performed in Wuppertal, Germany in 2008, one year before her death. Photo: Murdo Macleod.

On Broadway

Jon Ludvig Nilssen Hammer – Johan Salomon
54th Nordic Chess Championship; Sastamala, October 24, 2016
Nimzo-Indian Defence E53

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 0-0 5. Bd3 c5 6. Nf3 d5 7. cxd5 exd5 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. 0-0 Bg4 10. b3 Nc6 11. Bb2 Qe7 12. h3 Bh5? A very questionable Pawn sacrifice – to put it euphemistically. The accepted continuation is 12. ... Bxf3 13. Qxf3 d4 as, for instance, in Ivanchuk – M. Adams, 1st FIDE Grand Prix, London 2012. 13. g4! Of course Hammer doesn’t say no! 13. ... Bg6 14. Bxg6 hxg6 15. Nxd5 Nxd5 16. Qxd5 Ba3 17. Bxa3 Qxa3 18. Qd7 Rab8. Stockfish prefers 18. ... Qa6 and maybe it is right, but I doubt that after something like 19. Kg2, followed by the deployment of heavy calibers, Black can be content to hope that White’s extra Pawn won’t be enough to win. 19. Rfd1 Qb2 20. Kg2 Rfe8 21. Qc7 Nb4 22. Rac1 Nxa2. Salomon finally regained his Pawn, but meanwhile Hammer accumulated energy to a disruptive level. 23. Rc4! b5 24. Rcd4 Ra8 25. Qb7! Qxb3

26. Qxa8! Elegant as usual. 26. ... Rxa8 27. Rd8+ Kh7 28. Rxa8 f6. Now, after 29. Rdd8 g5 Black could delay The End for a few moves (scenes), but Hammer doesn’t miss the point: 29. Ng5+! 1 : 0. For after 29. ... fxg5 30. Rdd8 mate is unavoidable.

Jon Ludvig Nilssen Hammer vs. Johan Salomon
Photo © Suomen Shakkiliitto

mercoledì 26 ottobre 2016

Portable stove

Tomorrow in the early afternoon (14,30), diving stars 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá), 何姿 (Hé Zī), and 秦凯 (Qín Kǎi) will participate in the’s live forum devoted specifically to the 京东 (Jīngdōng) intelligent smart kitchen, sharing with the audience their own views and experiences. As it is known (but not by everyone), the 京东 (Jīngdōng) Microunion platform is voted on creating cross-brand, cross-category, cross-protocol intelligent home solutions.

Coco Pops

Lalitpur, Nepal: A farmer harvests rice under blue skies. Photo: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters.

Private Lessons

Professional golfer 吴阿顺 (Wú Āshùn) posted the above pictures on his 新浪微博 (Wēibó) account today, portraying himself as the golf teacher of two very special students, Diving Empress 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) and equestrian sportsman 华天 (Huá Tiān). His caption reads, “Do you want to know how they play golf? Well, let’s wait for tomorrow’s HSBC Champions challenge! Excitement guaranteed!”. All photos:

Razzle Dazzle

Ekaterina Ubiennykh – Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk
66th Russian Women’s Chess Championship; Novosibirsk, October 25, 2016
Nimzo-Indian Defence E46

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 0-0 5. Ne2 d5 6. a3 Be7 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Nf4 c6 9. Bd3 Na6 10. 0-0 Nc7 11. Bc2. Another (wild) try is 11. f3 b6 12. Bd2 c5 13. Be1 Bb7 14. Qd2 c4 15. Bc2 b5 16. e4 a5 17. e5 Nd7 18. Nce2 f6 19. e6 Nb6 20. Bf5 g6 21. Nxg6 hxg6 22. Qh6 gxf5 23. Qg6+ Kh8 24. f4 Qe8 25. Qh6+ Kg8 26. Rf3 Nxe6 27. Rg3+ Ng5 28. fxg5 fxg5 29. Bd2 Qc6 30. Qh5 g4 31. Rf1 Qe8 32. Qh6 Rf6 33. Rxg4+ fxg4 34. Rxf6 Bxf6 35. Qxf6 Qxe2 36. Qg6+ Kh8 37. Qh6+ Kg8 38. Qg6+ Kh8 ½ : ½ Leitão – 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán), 6th Chess World Cup, Baku 2015, tie-break game 2. 11. ... b6 12. f3 c5 13. Rf2 Bd6 14. Nce2 Re8 15. Bd2 Bb7 16. b4 c4 17. g4 Nd7 18. Rg2 Ne6 19. Qe1?? A grotesque blunder which loses on the spot. 19. Nxe6 was obvious, and good enough to keep a symbolic edge. 19. ... Bxf4! 20. exf4 Nxd4 21. Nxd4 Rxe1+ 22. Rxe1. Now White has anything to hope from 22. ... Qf6!, but Kosteniuk, maybe too relaxed, carelessly plays: 22. ... c3? 23. Bxc3 Qc7. Not 23. ... Rc8 on account of 24. Rge2! Rxc3? 25. Re8+ Qxe8 26. Rxe8+ Nf8 27. Bxh7+ Kxh7 28. Rxf8 and White enters the endgame a Pawn up (Bachar Kouatly’s analysis). 24. Bb2 Nf8 25. f5 Bc8 26. Re8 Bb7 27. Re3 Rc8 28. Bd3 Qf4 29. Rge2 h5 30. gxh5 Nh7 31. Re7 Ng5? Kosteniuk was in serious time trouble. 32. Rxb7? Far stronger was 32. f6! which after 32. ... gxf6 33. h6 Bc6 34. b5 would cost Black a piece. 32. ... Nh3+ 33. Kg2 Qh4

34. Ne6! fxe6? Upset by her opponent’s clever and tricky Knight jump, Kosteniuk puts her foot wrong. 34. ... d4 was mandatory and unclear. 35. Rxg7+ Kf8 36. Rg4? Due to time trouble, Ubiennykh misses her great chance, viz. 36. fxe6! Nf4+ 37. Kh1! Nxe2 38. e7+ regaining the Queen with decisive interest. 36. ... Nf4+ 37. Rxf4 Qxf4 38. fxe6 Ke7 39. Be5 Qg5+ 40. Bg3 Rc3. The time control is reached and Black is winning. 41. Bg6 d4 42. f4 Qg4 43. Rf2 d3 44. f5 Rc2 45. f6+ Kxe6 46. Bxd3 Rxf2+ 47. Kxf2 Qxh5 48. Ke3 Qh6+ 49. Kd4 Qxf6+ 50. Kc4 Qb2 51. Be1? The last mistake, but with no regret as Black’s game was lost anyway. 51. ... b5+! 52. Kxb5 Qe5+ 53. Ka6 Qxe1 54. Bc4+ Kd6 55. Ka5 Qc3 0 : 1.

Ekaterina Ubiennykh vs. Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk
Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

The Importance of Not Being Arcovazzi

Izmir, Turkey: Syrian refugee Firas el Jasmin, 25, struggled to find work in Turkey because of his disability, so took to the streets with his son to collect recyclable material which he sells on to support his family. Photo: Andrew McConnell/UNHCR.

Escape to Life

It’s Wednesday, let’s do breakfast! Scientists and engineers don’t have the courage it takes to stand before Earth and admit Schiaparelli preferred to vanish in landing than to live enslaved by Arcovazzi! Luckily you don’t need to take such extreme measures, so don’t push the luck too far. When the evening falls, just leave him where he is and fly on the Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”’s dance floor!

Broadcast delay

上海 (Shànghǎi), China, Sunday, October 23, 2016. Diving Queen 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) is back “home” just in time to start her sixth Long March towards immortality. (Tencent Video).


According to the first scientific hypothesis, the cause of last week’s crash of the Schiaparelli lander might have been due to a potential computing glitch.

This comparison of before-and-after images shows two spots that likely appeared in connection with the October 19, 2016, Mars arrival of the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli test lander. The images are from the Context Camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS.

martedì 25 ottobre 2016

The Wizard’s Apprentice

“What makes her love golf?”, reads the caption on the picture above, portraying Diving Queen 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) while taking a selfie. As reported, tomorrow the most decorated diver in history will perform at golf – a discipline in which she is a beginner – on the sidelines of the 12th golf supertournament WGC-HSBC Champions at 佘山高尔夫俱乐部 (Shéshān Golf Club) in 上海 (Shànghăi), China. She will rely upon the mercy – in her own words – of two kind guys, equestrian sportsman 华天 (Huá Tiān) as a teammate, and professional golfer 吴阿顺 (Wú Āshùn) as a coach (for both of them). Photo:

And here are 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) and 华天 (Huá Tiān) on the red carpet of the 12th golf supertournament WGC-HSBC Champions’s opening ceremony today in 上海 (Shànghăi), China. Photo:


Pumpkin lanterns light up the street to mark the approach of annual Halloween festivities in 沈阳 (Shěnyáng), the capital of 辽宁省 (Liáoníng province), north-east China. Photo: VCG/Getty Images.

Feet on the Ground

London, United Kingdom: A protester from the Plane Stupid campaign demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament before the government announcement on the expansion of Heathrow airport. Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA.

A Dive into the Pool of Treasury

Diving Empress 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) and equestrian sportsman 华天 (Huá Tiān) today appeared as guest stars at 12th golf supertournament WGC-HSBC Champions’s opening ceremony, held at 上海喜玛拉雅美术馆 (Shànghăi Himalayas Art Museum) in 上海 (Shànghăi), China. The supertournament’s prize money is up to $9,5 million U.S. dollars total. Professional golfers 李昊桐 (Lǐ Hàotóng), Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson, and Rickie Fowler attended the ceremony. All photos:

Frontline Women

Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk – Aleksandra Yuryevna Goryachkina
66th Russian Women’s Chess Championship; Novosibirsk, October 24, 2016
Sicilian Defence B52

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. d4 cxd4 6. Qxd4 Nc6 7. Qd3 e6 8. Nc3 Nf6 9. Bf4 Be7 10. 0-0-0 Rd8 11. Qe2 0-0. From a coffee player’s point of view, it appears better now 11. ... Qc7 as 12. e5 is answered by 12. ... Nh5 with a rough balance. 12. h4 d5 13. e5 Qc7 14. Nb5 Qb8 15. Ng5 Bc5 16. Bg3 Nd7 17. Qd3 g6

18. f4. The more straightforward 18. h5! Ndxe5 19. Qe2 would seem to put Black into serious trouble; for instance: 19. ... a6 20. f4! Nd7 21. Nxh7! with a crushing attack. 18. ... h5 19. Be1 a6 20. Nc3 Kg7 21. g4 Rh8 22. gxh5 Rxh5 23. Ne2 Rdh8 24. Ng3 R5h6 25. Nf3 Ne7 26. Rh2 Kf8 27. Kb1 b5 28. Bd2 Nf5 29. Nxf5 gxf5 30. Be3 Qb6 31. Bxc5+ Qxc5 32. Qd2 b4 33. Rg2 Nb6 34. b3 a5 35. Kb2 R6h7 36. Rdg1 Nc8 37. Rc1 Ne7 38. c3 Ke8? This looks like the decisive mistake, as allows White to carry out her blows on both wings. 38. ... Rg7(!) was evidently called for, keeping on fighting. 39. cxb4 Qxb4 40. Rc3 Kd7 41. Qf2 Nc6 42. a3. After 42. Rxc6! Kxc6 43. Qa7 (Stockfish) Black’s King is in a mating net. Kosteniuk contents herself here with a human solution. 42. ... Qb5 43. Nd4 Nxd4 44. Qxd4 Rb8 45. Rgc2 Rb7 46. Qg1 1 : 0. Goryachkina dramatically ended up in Zugzwang. “I got a good position after the opening and thought I had a big advantage when I started my attack. It is possible that I missed a concrete win at some point. Nevertheless, Black’s position remained unpleasant, because both Rooks had to cover the h-file. During the time trouble and perhaps with some help from the opponent I managed to open up the Queenside and secure a win”, Kosteniuk finally said.

Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk
Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Aleksandra Yuryevna Goryachkina
Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Those Who Dance

Today is Tuesday, but don’t expect Arcovazzi to be less reactionary and poisonous than usual. He’ll just try to make you unhappy and sick. So you better do not miss the afternoon and evening dance classes at Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”!

Irina Kozorog, 37, from Moscow, Russia, has taken a series of incredible photos showing ants adopting elegant balletic poses. Photo: Irina Kozorog/© Caters News Agency.

lunedì 24 ottobre 2016


After the 沈阳站 (Shěnyáng Railway Station), Diving Queen 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) appeared also at the 上海站 (Shànghǎi Railway Station), as the guest of honour of “Here is the Champion”, the kermesse organised by national beauty brand Natural Church CHANDO yesterday in 上海 (Shànghǎi). As in the previous occasion, 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) shared with the audience personal details regarding her skin care routines as well as other more philosophical matters. As for the less serious ones, she suggested that a deep night’s sleep is the most important thing for skin health, in her case with a little (cosmetic) help from the CHANDO Natural Church Condensate Night Cream. Noblesse oblige. All photos: